BRO spearheads swift restoration: Bailey bridge inaugurated in Sikkim

The Border Roads Organisation has successfully completed the construction of a 400-ft Bailey Suspension Bridge at Sanklang in North Sikkim in a remarkably short period. This accomplishment comes in the aftermath of a devastating flash flood last year that wreaked havoc on the infrastructure of North Sikkim, causing the destruction of 13 bridges and approximately 20-25 km of road network, severely disrupting connectivity in the region.

In a significant ceremony held on occassion of Army Day on Januaray 15, Samdup Lepcha, the Public Works Department Minister of Sikkim, inaugurated the 400-ft Suspension Bridge at Sanklang. The event was attended by various civil and state dignitaries, highlighting the collaborative effort and commitment to restoring vital connectivity in the affected area. This strategic infrastructure project is designed to ensure year-round connectivity between North Sikkim and the Dzongu region.

An official source revealed that the BRO has been actively involved in constructing multiple bailey suspension bridges, demonstrating a swift response in the restoration and reconstruction of the state’s road infrastructure. Following the Teesta River flash flood on October 4, 2023, more than a dozen bridges in Mangan district were swept away, severing connectivity between parts of North Sikkim and the Indian mainland. In addition to bridge reconstruction, the BRO, in collaboration with the state government and other agencies, undertook the formidable task of restoring roads. A staggering 25 kilometers of roads were washed away in the district during the aftermath of the October flood.

Lepcha, who also serves as the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Lachen-Mangan assembly seat, extended his gratitude to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the army, and various other agencies for their commendable efforts in completing the bridge in under three months. The newly inaugurated bridge plays a crucial role in reestablishing road connections in North Sikkim, disrupted by flash floods in the Teesta River in October of the previous year.

In response to the disaster, the state government had previously announced the closure of tourist destinations in North Sikkim, emphasizing the urgency of restoring essential infrastructure for the safety and convenience of residents and visitors alike.

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